The Smiths' former frontman, Morrissey, has slammed The Simpson's for their "overweight and racist" portrayal of him during a new episode that aired over the weekend...
Though, of course, many fans of the show think their version of him was hilariously accurate.
Here's the full story...
Now, The Simpson's has always been celebrated for their excellent portrayal of celebrities.
Since its premiere in 1989, the show has hosted hundreds of celebrity cameos - some with the involvement of the actual celebrities, and some without any input or say from them.
For the most part, the likeliness of their caricatures is simply uncanny.
For example - here's Lady Gaga's appearance from the 2012 episode, "Lisa Goes Gaga."
However, their drawings don't impress everyone...
Morrissey being one of them.
As stated earlier, the musician, who rose to fame as the lead singer for English Brit Pop band, The Smiths, has condemned the cartoon for their recent portrayal of him.
The episode, titled "Panic on the Streets of Springfield" - an obvious reference to one of The Smiths' most popular tracks - saw Lisa become obsessed with a British singer named Quilloughby, whose likeness and persona was blatantly inspired by Morrissey.
The character is overweight, greedy, and racist...
A not-so-subtle nod at Morrissey's problematic past with racist remarks.
Of course, many people found The Simpson's portrayal of him to be very amusing...
@consequence I haven't seen him lately, but the rest seems about right.— Andrea 🌷 (@Andrea 🌷)1618854066.0
@consequence I’m sorry, but that is funny!— Dave Waddell (@Dave Waddell)1618839034.0
@consequence He got what he deserved!! 😂😂😜— rich w. (@rich w.)1618856090.0
@consequence As a lifelong Morrissey fan, I must say this is beautiful hahah😍💦— Bitter Almonds (@Bitter Almonds)1618851861.0
@DaddyNeza @consequence @courtneyking114 he deserves it lmao— eszter (@eszter)1618865757.0
@consequence Love it.— Tuttle (@Tuttle)1618852110.0
@consequence This Charmless Man.— Richard M (@Richard M)1618869336.0
@consequence Where’s the lie tho?— TheKrystyning (@TheKrystyning)1618858245.0
Well, Morrissey isn't as impressed...
And he has since released a lengthy statement slamming the cartoon for their depiction of him.
Taking to Facebook, he started by criticizing the writing standards of the show, saying:
"Surprising what a 'turn for the worst' the writing for The Simpson's tv show has taken in recent years. Sadly, The Simpson's show started out creating great insight into the modern cultural experience but has since degenerated to trying to capitalize on cheap controversy and expounding on vicious rumors."
He compared them to Saturday Night Live, noting how they "still do a great job at finding ways to inspire great satire."
"But when a show stoops so low to use harshly hateful tactics like showing the Morrissey character with his belly hanging out of his shirt (when he has never looked like that at any point in his career) makes you wonder who the real hurtful, racist group is here."
"Even worse – calling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, without pointing out any specific instances, offers nothing. It only serves to insult the artist."
"They should take that mirror and hold it up to themselves."
He went on to point out The Simpson's recent controversy surrounding their character, Apu...
And labeled them as hypocrites.
"Simpson's actor Hank Azaria's recent apology to the whole country of India for his role in upholding 'structural racism' says it all. Unlike the character in The Simpson's "Panic" episode……. Morrissey has never made a 'cash grab,' hasn't sued any people for their attacks, has never stopped performing great shows, and is still a serious vegan and strong supporter for animal rights. By suggesting all of the above in this episode…The Simpson's hypocritical approach to their storyline says it all."
You can read his full post above.
And as for the incriminating cartoon?
Well, here it is, in all its glory.
What do you think of The Simpson's' portrayal of the British rockstar?